UK Government Suggests "Running Away" from Terrorists

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK has a National Counter Terrorism Security Office, don't you know. It's sprung into life this week, as you might expect, issuing new guidelines of what we should in the case of a terrorist attack. In short, RUN.

The advice has been broken down into three options; RUN, HIDE, TELL. The RUN part is pretty obvious, although it seems to be being stressed here in response to some of the horrendous stories emerging from the Paris attacks, where some folk told how they cheated death by lying down and playing dead in front of their attackers.

It's all fairly horrible indeed, but here it is:


  • Escape if you can.
  • Consider the safest options.
  • Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you.
  • Leave belongings behind.


  • If you can’t RUN, HIDE.
  • Find cover from gunfire.
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.
  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.
  • Be aware of your exits.
  • Try not to get trapped.
  • Be quiet, silence your phone.
  • Lock / barricade yourself in.
  • Move away from the door.

Basically, it's What Would John McClane Do? The TELL part of the official advice is pretty obvious. You dial 999, although it'll probably be all over Twitter already. [Lockdown Procedures [PDF]]

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